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Which GPU would be best for value and performance?

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July 30, 2013 4:17:12 PM

So heres a list of the gpu's I was thinking about:
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I am saving to build my own gaming rig and am having trouble deciding which gpu I should take. All of the prices are in the same range, but I want to know which is the best for gaming. Thanks in advance :D 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 6:50:03 PM

Out of your list, this one is best.
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

You can get all of these cards much cheaper though. For example, half the cards you listed were an AMD 7850, mostly charging about $250. This one is just as good as the others, but its more than $100 cheaper after mail in rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the other type of card you had listed, an Nvidia GTX 660 at about $60 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Nvidia GTX 660 is a decent little bit better than the AMD 7850, but its also a good $40 more so take your pick of which you want, $40 or a little more performance. The AMD 7870 is just as good and maybe a little cheaper than the Nvidia GTX 660. Or if you want to spend around $250 I can find you a better card listing at that price which outperforms both.
July 30, 2013 10:30:17 PM

IInuyasha74 said:
Out of your list, this one is best.
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

You can get all of these cards much cheaper though. For example, half the cards you listed were an AMD 7850, mostly charging about $250. This one is just as good as the others, but its more than $100 cheaper after mail in rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Here is the other type of card you had listed, an Nvidia GTX 660 at about $60 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Nvidia GTX 660 is a decent little bit better than the AMD 7850, but its also a good $40 more so take your pick of which you want, $40 or a little more performance. The AMD 7870 is just as good and maybe a little cheaper than the Nvidia GTX 660. Or if you want to spend around $250 I can find you a better card listing at that price which outperforms both.


Thanks for your help :D  And, just out of curiosity, what is a gpu around $250 that out performs both?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 10:47:24 PM

Well stepping up in price, the next up is the 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Though with all its discounts it stops around $175.

Then after that its a tie between the 7950 and Nvidia 760 at around $250.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Between these more expensive two, I would personally go with the 7950. I personally like AMD more, they overclock well, it comes with 3GB vRAM instead of 2GB. It also comes with Crysis 3 for free! Thats a big bonus. Oh and its from MSI and I personally like MSI better. Slightly opinionated, but owell.

I don't know how well the 760 overclocks, but it is newer is the big bonus it has. It is supposed to work well.
July 30, 2013 11:05:16 PM

1 thing to say. Im in canada, not the states so .ca :D 
Now I took your advice and narrowed it down to 4 gpus, and I wanted to know which is the best out of all of them. I was also wondering if they would fit this motherboard- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Now the 4 gpus are:
- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Thanks again :) 
a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 11:13:15 PM

Ahh I see.
Love the motherboard by the way. I looked at these dragon series from MSI several times myself but can't scrap together enough for it and a new system quite yet. Yes any of them would be fine on this motherboard. Might want to make sure you have enough room in your case though, these cards can be pretty long.

Out of your list this one has a good lead on the rest.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you were interested in the free Crysis 3 you will have to find an AMD 7950, but as for performance of the card these are equal. The Nvidia 760 listed above will work extremely well for you. :) 

Btw, just curious. What are PC part prices like in Canada? haha
July 30, 2013 11:19:29 PM

IInuyasha74 said:
Ahh I see.
Love the motherboard by the way. I looked at these dragon series from MSI several times myself but can't scrap together enough for it and a new system quite yet. Yes any of them would be fine on this motherboard. Might want to make sure you have enough room in your case though, these cards can be pretty long.

Out of your list this one has a good lead on the rest.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you were interested in the free Crysis 3 you will have to find an AMD 7950, but as for performance of the card these are equal. The Nvidia 760 listed above will work extremely well for you. :) 

Btw, just curious. What are PC part prices like in Canada? haha


The prices on newegg in canada tend to be $20 more. Like with the 3gb gpu you suggested: In the states its 250
in canada its 280. And sometimes the shipping is more too, sooo ya. Thanks again.

1 more question... will this setup max out any game?
CPU:Intel Core i5-4670K = $280
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING Intel Z87 Motherboard = $190
RAM: Corsair Vengeance = $100
GPU: EVGA SUPERCLOCKED = $ 250
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda = $80
OPTICAL DRIVE: Asus DRW-24B1ST = $25
CASE: ?
SPU: I have one
July 30, 2013 11:23:24 PM

Also how much of a difference is the EVGA superclocked compared to the other gpus we were comparing? Will I notice a difference, or not at all?
a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 11:34:35 PM

Okay for the first question. That setup would max out a ton of games. You will be counting the games it doesn't max out because there will be so few. My system is weaker than yours.
CPU: i3-3225
GPU: AMD 7850 (overclocked)
RAM: Avexir 16GB

other parts less important to performance, but my system maxes out a lot of games. Your system as a considerable edge over mine. The only thing I have tried so far and not been able to max out is Tomb Raider, and it plays on a mix of Ultra and High settings. I also tried Bioshock Infinity, Medival Total War 2, Assassins Creed III, Farcry 3 Blood Dragon. All of these maxed out fine.

As for the EVGA superclocked or w/e I wouldn't pay any attention to it. The typical overclock done by companies selling the cards is pretty minor. You may notice 1-3 FPS difference. This is irrelevant though, because you can overclock the card yourself much higher. For example, the AMD 7850 like I have is default clock of 860. I don't think anyone sells it clocked higher than 910. I changed the thermal paste on it and overclocked it to 1050 and it normally states below 50C. Probably could get higher but I didn't want to increase voltage. So don't worry about the cards if they say overclocked. Just get one with a decent cooler and overclock it yourself.
July 30, 2013 11:43:16 PM

Okayyyyy, so any other of those gpus would be just fine and I could overclock it myself?.... K, i got it. Thank you, u were a helped alot.
a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 11:46:34 PM

That is correct. On any Nvidia 760 you should reach well over the superclocked version.

It was no problem. I would appreciate being marked as best solution though. Would be nice to get one of those badges on here one day :p  lol

Well good luck with your build :) 
July 30, 2013 11:48:26 PM

How do i mark as best solution. Im still relatively new to tomshardware so I dont know everything about it
a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2013 8:30:13 AM

I'm honestly not 100% sure. Usually my questions to the community go unanswered so I have never had to. Should be a little button in the box with my comment somewhere that says "best solution" or something. If you don't see it though don't worry about it. :) 
July 31, 2013 8:44:52 AM

oh, I didnt ask for a solution when I posted the forum... oops :D 
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